An udderly curdling scream over Reid’s dairy ‘pailout’

Is it a case of sour milk, or is that sour grapes?

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-(Milking Every Vote) appeared to recently score a minor coup when he came to the rescue of Anderson Dairy, the Southern Nevada institution.

Anderson’s David Coon reciprocated by cutting a nifty television spot for Reid, who is battling Republican Sharron Angle for every vote as November approaches.

“Federal regulations were driving us out of business,” Coon says in the advertisement. “Because of Senator Reid, we continue to stay in business. He really came through for us.”

Yes, it’s a Harry Reid “pailout.”

Anderson Dairy employs 130 Nevadans.

North of Las Vegas in Amargosa Valley, the Ponderosa Dairies produces plenty of milk, too. It employs 145 workers.  It’s also managed by Republican legislator Ed Goedhart, who bristles at the pro-Reid ad and in response has produced his own. I guess this means he won’t be cowed.

Reid’s deal helped Anderson, but hurt Ponderosa, which due to regulatory changes Goedhart says now must ship its milk “280 miles into California” before it’s returned to Nevada for sale.

“Harry Reid’s deal helped Anderson Dairy, but it hurt us,” he says. “… Harry Reid says he helps Nevadans. He didn’t help us.”

Goedhart asserts Ponderosa planned to invest $100 million into the dairy, but won’t now that Reid has helped Anderson. He also said the regulatory change is costing Ponderosa an additional $4 million a year in trucking fees.

Reid spokesman Jon Summers notes: "Clark County was the only Nevada county that was forced to be part of the federal milk order.

In 1999, at the request of Anderson Dairy, Sens. Reid and Bryan were able to exempt Clark County from the federal order.

Senator Reid’s action in 2006 made that exemption permanent.  As a result, all dairies in Nevada can compete on a level playing field.

In other words, Sen. Reid got government regulation out of the way.

This has been on the table for more than a decade and Goedhart only chooses to say something now?  Pretty transparent."

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